I've been working on listening practice again. This time, I'm watching the first episode of an anime series called スケッチブック 〜full color's〜.

In the first episode, a certain character asks three questions, and I think all three end with . I recorded them and uploaded an MP3, and I attempted to transcribe them:

  1. あっ、空{そら}! どこいくとー?

  2. 空、何探しよーと?

  3. 空、どうしたとー?

Here are my questions:

  • Is a dialect equivalent of using to mark a question?

  • Am I just hearing wrong?

(I'm sorry if the whole transcription is wrong! I'm not very good at hearing Japanese yet.)


1 Answer 1


The former. と can be used to mark questions in 九州方言{きゅうしゅうほうげん} (in this case, she is speaking in 博多弁{はかたべん}, a subdialect). (More technically, it is a 準体助詞{じゅんたいじょし} like の, and shares the nominalization property, which is probably why it can be used to mark questions like that.)

  • People talk that way down here in Kumamoto as well..
    – ssb
    Mar 17, 2013 at 23:36
  • @ssb, well indeed, as it is part of Kyuushuu after all! Mar 17, 2013 at 23:40
  • I guess what I mean to ask is if there's anything specific about this that makes it Hakata-ben rather than an ambiguous Kyushu dialect
    – ssb
    Mar 17, 2013 at 23:56
  • @ssb Not from the provided clip, no, I don't think. I downloaded an episode of the anime to figure out which one it was. I'm not sure how Chocolate figured it out from the clip. Mar 18, 2013 at 0:00
  • スイマセン!たまたま「博多弁っぽいかな~」って思っただけです~私は関西人なので、博多弁・熊本弁・他の九州弁の区別はつかないと思います。(でも九州の人はだいたい分かるんだそうです。)
    – user1016
    Mar 18, 2013 at 1:08

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